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Talkback: Growing blueberries and cranberries

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 11:19

My blueberries have put on some good strong growth and they are now about (From top of flower pot) About three foot now. Leaves are starting to turn a brilliant red colour on three of them, the others being a later fruiting type. All going well so far and although watering them with tap water, no signs of anything going wrong with this.

Talkback: Growing blueberries and cranberries

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 20:05

I've just purchased one more blueberry bush Sharon which now takes me up to five. (three I'm happy with, the other two are not great quality) All are still only about one foot tall at the moment. I can't use rain water because, would you believe it, I've got no way of collecting it. All gutter down pipes are on my next door neighbours property, garage roof slops the wrong way. I've heard that if you run tap water into a large container and then wait a week or so and chemicals would disappear, so might try that. All are planted up in fresh ericaceous soil topped off with small wood chip bark. I won't use any ericaceous feed until they are a lot more established. Let me know how yours are getting on and hopefully we can exchange some tips and advice.

Plastic Plant pots - recycled

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:28
sotongeoff wrote (see)

I think you are worrying about nothing-on that train of thought all plastic pots would leak chemicals into plants broken or not-not a scientist- but- this is sooooo unlikely.

Thanks 'sotongeoff' of course your perfectly correct in what you said in your reply, just a little something that popped into my head as I was typing out my comment. All those plastic pots nobody needs anymore...just wish it was the same with terracotta ones which I use as often as possible. Happy gardening days to you.

Plastic Plant pots - recycled

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 17:20

I recently ran out of broken terracotta ‘croc’ to help with drainage whilst potting up some larger plants the other day, so snapped up some plastic ones to use instead. I think this should be ok, although thinking about it now they might biodegrade or leak their chemicals into the potted soil after some amount of time. Anyone got any thoughts on this train of thought.

Talkback: Growing blueberries and cranberries

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 16:47

I’ve just purchased four ‘blueberry’ plants all of differing varieties which will help in their cross pollination, which in turn will hopefully increase their fruit yield when they become mature. My garden soil isn’t acid enough for me to plant out directly into my garden so I’m going to pot them up into pots increasing pot size as they grow larger, and of course remembering to use fresh ericaceous soil each time. After doing some research it does seem that you can use tap water as long as you replenish the ericaceous soil maybe every two years. This might seem like a lot of hard work but the result will be worth this extra effort because you’ll be rewarded with some lovely healthy ripe blueberries. With lots of mulching to keep the roots from drying out and to help retain moisture. This is all new to me so it’s going to be a little bit of trail and error as I go....fingers crossed.

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